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Otis Boykin

Otis Boykin invented an improved electrical resistor


Otis Boykin invented an improved electrical resistor

Otis Boykin invented an improved electrical resistor

Illustration by Mary Bellis from source photo
Otis Boykin is best known for inventing an improved electrical resistor used in computers, radios, television sets and a variety of electronic devices. His resistor helped reduce the cost of those products. Otis Boykin also invented a variable resistor used in guided missile parts, a control unit for heart stimulators, a burglar-proof cash register and a chemical air filter. In total, Otis Boykin patented twenty-eight electronic devices.

Otis Boykin - Biography

Otis Boykin was born on August 29, 1920 in Dallas, Texas.

In 1941, after graduating from Fisk University, Otis Boykin was employed as a laboratory assistant for the Majestic Radio and TV Corporation of Chicago, testing automatic controls for airplanes. He later became a research engineer with the P.J. Nilsen Research Laboratories, and eventually founded his own company Boykin-Fruth, Incorporated.

Otis Boykin died of a heart failure in 1982.

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